(=corridor) couloir m
→ At the end of the narrow passage was a bathroom.
→ Harry stepped into the passage and closed the door behind him.
(in book, music, speech)
→ He read a passage from Milton.
→ Read the following passage and answer the questions below.
→ There's a lovely slow passage in the middle of the sonata.
→ the passage in which Black spoke of political change
Read the passage carefully. Lisez attentivement le passage.
→ cells that line the air passages
→ swelling and irritation of the nasal passages
→ frequent use can irritate nasal passages
blocked nasal passages le nez bouché
(=passing) passage m
the passage of food through the digestive tract le passage des aliments dans le tube digestif
the passage of time le passage du temps
with the passage of time avec le temps
an asset that increases in value with the passage of time un bien dont la valeur augmente avec le temps
He helped them in their passage across the Pyrenees. Il les aidait à traverser les Pyrénées.
→ He was involved in organizing the passage across the Pyrenees of those who wished to join Free France.
→ The passage across to Belfast was one of the roughest I've known.
(=free space) to clear a passage dégager la voie → Her aides had to go on ahead of her to clear a passage. to clear a passage through sth ouvrir un passage à travers qch → The troops had to clear a passage through the dense forest. to clear a passage for o.s. through sth se frayer un passage à travers qch → He cleared a passage for himself through the crowded streets.
back passage (British)
(=rectum) rectum m
bird of passage
(=person) oiseau m de passage
→ Most of these emigrants were birds of passage who returned to Spain after a relatively short stay.
to grant sb safe passage accorder un laissez-passer à qn